Friends University’s Die Fledermaus operetta includes theatre, music, ballet and a full orchestra

Wichita, Kan. – Friends University is proud to present Johann Strauss’s classic operetta Die Fledermaus, March 6-8, 2020.

Performed in a new English translation, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a delightful farce about a man’s elaborate plan for revenge for a practical joke, leading to mistaken identities, secret rendezvous, and light-hearted deceit. Set in late 19th century Vienna, Strauss’s most famous operetta is filled with rousing melodies and joyful waltzes, featuring a talented cast of young singers, beautiful ballet sequences, and full orchestra.

For this first ever mainstage collaboration between Friends’ music and ballet departments, Friends welcomes guest choreographer William “Bill” Evans to lead expanded ballet portions of what is sure to be a spectacular and entertaining event. Rolaine Hetheringon, Assistant Professor of Voice, will serve as stage director and chorus master and Dr. Matthew Schloneger, Associate Professor of Voice, will serve as music director and conductor with set designs by Kurt Priebe, Assistant Professor of Drama and Media.

The performance will take place March 6 – 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8, at 2 p.m. in Sebits Auditorium in the Riney Fine Arts building on the Friends University campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan.

Ticket prices are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. They may be purchased online at or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677.

Music for Die Fledermaus was composed by Johann Strauss and the libretto by C. Haffner and Richard Genee. The production features a new English translation by Ian Gledhil of Pavilion Music by arrangement with David Spicer Productions.

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Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

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